Just got to Portland, Oregon yesterday. This is my third trip to Rose City and it remains as delightful as ever. Today we drive out to the coast for a week with family. I will probably have very limited blogging capabilities so I thought I would leave you with some fun pictures to look at while I am away.
Last Sunday I had the great pleasure of meeting Teresa from Shelf Love and Frances from Nonsuch Book. We headed out to Daedalus Books Warehouse in Columbia, Maryland. Daedalus is one of the world’s largest wholesalers of remaindered books and their warehouse store is a lot of fun. Even more fun though was the great company. We had a hard time browsing from time to time because we were having too much fun talking about books and book blogging. It is always nice when your browsing companions don’t give you a blank look when you mention a book or author. Among the three of us there was enough collective knowledge that we knew a little something about everything we came across. Instant recommendations, gentle warnings, discourse on various editions, and snarky comments about the illustrated Da Vinci Code were all close at hand.
Being slammed with work, home improvements and getting ready to travel, it has taken me almost a week to get around to this recap. Teresa and Frances have already posted theirs here and here respectively.
Here are some pictures of our hauls in progress. Your will note how restrained Francees was compared to Teresa and I.
And now for my haul, in detail….
The Child in Time by Ian McEwan – I haven’t read this one and it is the same edition as other McEwans I own.
Morningside Heights by Cheryl Mendelsohn – The start of a wonderful trilogy about families in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. I’ve read all three but I didn’t own the first volume. Until now.
Somerset Maugham by Jeffrey Meyers – Even though I have read tons of Maugham I know very little about him. This bio should help rectify that.
Selected Letters of Edith Sitwell edited by Richard Greene – I wasn’t sure about getting this one, but when I opend it up to a one line letter to Noel Coward that simply said “I accept your apology.” I couldn’t resist. What crazy thing do you think Mr. Coward did?
After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell – I have loved the three other O’Farrell books I have read (and all this year) so I couldn’t pass this one up.
The Professor’s House by Willa Cather – Not only my favorite Willa Cather, but one of my favorite books of all time, but I didn’t actually own a copy. And since Teresa had never read any Cather I bought her a copy as well.
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing – I have only read one Doris Lessing (The Summer Before the Dark) so I thought it was time to read another. This one looks slightly disturbing.
Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee – His novel Disgrace is brilliant.
Off Shore by Penelope Fitzgerald – Fitzgerald is always worth reading.
The Secret Garden by Justin Cartwright – A novel with Oxford at its center, I couldn’t pass that up. Especially since this lovely edition is part of its Writer in the City series of which I own a few. It includes Edmund White on Paris and John Banville on Prague. But a note to Bloomsbury and other publishers: When you have a series of books like these, your website should be searchable so that one can see all titles in the series. Why in the world would you make it so hard to find information about books your customers want? It offends my OCD that a publisher would be so bone headed. And if someone comes back and tells me I am wrong that they do have information on the series on their website my criticism still stands because they make it pretty darn hard to find.
Lafcadio’s Adventures by Andre Gide – Last minute impulse buy. I like the translation of the original French title much better: The Vatican Cellars.
The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen – A heretofore unread Bown in an edition I like.
The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford – For years I have owned a really nice Folio edition of Love in a Cold Climate, but since it is a follow-up to The Pursuit of Love I have not wanted to read it out of order. Now with this lovely 2-in-1 edition I can finally read them both. I must say, however, I am normally not a fan of 2-in-1 or omnibus editions of anything. I love collecting complete sets, I just don’t like them in one volume.
The Demanding Dead by Edith Wharton – I had no idea that Edith Wharton had written some ghost stories. I can’t wait to see how she does it.
The Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink – I liked The Reader and am interested to see what else Schlink can do.
The Glass Room by Simon Mawer – Everyone and their dog have already read this one. I love this cover but the totally, totally ruined it with three, not one, not two, but three, promotional taglines. Idiots.
Crazy Water and Pickled Lemons by Diana Henry – This is a perfect example of judging a book by its cover. I loved this cover photo so much I decided to buy even before I knew what it was. Happily it is a cookbook.
An Odyssy in Print – A beautiful look inside the libraries of the Smithsonian Instituion here in DC.
Which are your favorites or which one would you most like to read?